July 21, 2024
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Avalanche Faces Technical Disruption Impacting Block Production

On February 23, around 12pm UTC, Avalanche, a decentralized application (DApp) platform, encountered a significant technical disruption affecting the block production of its proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain. The disruption led to a halt in the network, with the last block on Avalanche’s P-Chain, X-Chain, and C-chain subnets produced over an hour earlier, as reported by the blockchain explorer.

Avalanche promptly issued an official alert acknowledging the block finalization stall, stating, “Developers across the community are currently investigating a stall in block finalization that is preventing blocks from being accepted on the Primary Network.” Block production is crucial for the stability and continuity of blockchain networks, involving the creation of new blocks that validate and record transactions.

Kevin Sekniqi, co-founder of Ava Labs, the team behind Avalanche, took to an X post, assuring the community that they were actively investigating the issue. Sekniqi speculated a connection between the block production halt and a “new inscription wave” initiated an hour before the problems arose. He suggested that the problem might be an “esoteric bug from some edge case” and hinted at a mempool handling issue with inscriptions.


Sekniqi assured the community that the situation would be “handled quickly.” However, about an hour later, he clarified that the problem was a code-related bug unrelated to performance handling. The issue, he explained, might have involved inscriptions hitting an edge case but did not affect the overall performance of the network.


This disruption echoes a similar incident on March 23, 2023, where reports surfaced of Avalanche’s block production halting. At that time, Sekniqi attributed the issue to network instability caused by a bug in version 1.9.12, and the team swiftly deployed a fix to stabilize the network. Avalanche users and the broader blockchain community are now watching closely as the development team works to resolve the recent disruption and prevent future occurrences.

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